Case 4:13-cv-00048-CSM Document 24 Filed 06/04/13 Page 1 of 1
IN THE UNITED STATES DISTRICT COURT
FOR THE DISTRICT OF NORTH DAKOTA
Major Drilling America, Inc.,
Redemption Energy, LLC,
Case No. 4:13-cv-048
On May 16, 2013, plaintiff filed a Motion for Default Judgment and Motion for Bill of Costs
(Statement of Costs and Disbursements). On May 17, 2013, defendant filed an answer to plaintiff’s
complaint along with a response in opposition to plaintiff’s Motion for Default Judgment.
It is well established that default judgments are not favored by the law. United States v.
Harre, 983 F.2d 128, 130 (8th Cir. 1993). Rather, there is a "judicial preference for adjudication on
the merits." Johnson v. Dayton Elec. Mfg. Co., 140 F.3d 781, 783 (8th Cir. 1998). Here, plaintiff
has suffered no appreciable prejudice by defendant’s delay in filing its answer. Plaintiff’s motions
(Docket Nos. 6 and 11) are therefore DENIED.
IT IS SO ORDERED.
Dated this 4th day of June, 2013.
/s/ Charles S. Miller, Jr.
Charles S. Miller, Jr.
United States Magistrate Judge